Syrian Air Force Gen. Abdullah Mahmud al-Khalidi has been assassinated in Damascus, SANA news reported.
“As part of their campaign to target top figures and scientists, armed terrorist groups assassinated Air Force General Abdullah Mahmud al-Khalidi in the Damascus district of Rukn al-Din,” the state television reported without providing further details.
A security source told the AFP news agency that al-Khalidi was shot dead Monday evening as he left a friend’s home.
It’s worth mentioning that killing senior officers in the Air Force Command, as well as in the Syrian Air Force Intelligence was expected, as the Free Syrian Army had previously threatened to kill them. The reason is that the Air Force, through the constant bombardment of civilians and military sites of the Free Syrian Army, supports and strengthens the survival of the Bashar al-Assad regime. Assad has been using the air Force as the main weapon in his battle against the Free Syrian Army for the past two months.
Meanwhile, clashes erupted in a major Palestinian refugee camp (Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp) between Palestinians who support the Free Syrian Army and Palestinian fighters of Ahmad Jibril's Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command.
Syrian opposition activists reported that fighting in the Yarmouk refugee camp broke out after midnight. No casualties were reported.
In early August, Palestinian condemned shelling on the camp, which killed 21 civilians, and also chided the PFLP-General Command for its role in dragging Palestinians into the bloody conflict.
However, some 225,000 Palestinian refugees have been directly affected by almost 20 months of uprising against Assad. More than 400 Palestinians had been killed by Assad regime forces.
Moreover, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Syrian air force raid on Maaret al-Numan killed at least six civilians Tuesday, including children. At the same time, Syrian regime helicopters dropped three barrel bombs on the nearby village of Maarshmareen, which also came under artillery fire from troops stationed nearby.
The Syrian Revolution General Council, a network of activists on the ground, also reported that more than 500 people were reported dead during the four-day Muslim Eid holiday despite the truce brokered by Brahimi, who said the civil war in Syria was going from bad to worse.
For his part, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters in a press conference Tuesday that Turkey will not open a dialogue with the Syrian regime as long as it continued to kill its own people.
Davutoglu’s remarks came in response to his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, who called on the West and countries in the region, including Ankara, to enter into negotiations with Assad regime.
For sure, the Free Syrian Army is responsible for the assassination of al-Khalidi. He led the Air Force and one of the most important pillars of the murderous regime. There have been several attempts to assassinate him in the Abu Romana area, but they all failed.
The assassination in the Rukn al-Din is a success for Free Syrian Army, as the region is considered one of the most strict security areas in Damascus. As far as I know, he was assassinated by a silencer.
As for the fight in the Palestinian refugee camps, this is not the first fight and will not be the last because , who is considered the main and oldest Palestinian ally to the Syrian regime for 40 years, has vowed to fight with the Syrian regime till the last moment. By the way, the Palestinian people consider him a traitor and a criminal since he helped Bashar's father in killing a number of Palestinian leaders in the 1970s and 1980s.
Palestinians in Syria did not try to intervene in the current events at all. They are mainly, as Abbas described them, "Palestinian refugees in Syria on the sidelines."
They do not interfere in the fighting between the Free Syrian Army and Assad's regime, but unfortunately the regime killed a large number of them. In most cases the regime targets the faction leaders who are not loyal to his regime.
It seems that the Syrian regime's lawyer in the Security Council, Lavrov, still counts on a political solution for the Syrian crisis. He asked for talks between the Assad regime and Western and Arab countries. I do not know on what basis will the talks be held. Does the international community have to accept dealing with Assad as if he is the only leader for Syria and no one can replace him? I think Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov does not hear or see what is happening on the ground with the crimes carried out by the regime. It iwould be justice to execute Assad and his regime rather than go for talks with him.
Certainly, the Free Syrian Army does not care about the political conspiracies aimed for the survival of the Assad regime. On the ground, the Free Syrian Army is using the language of murder against all the staff of Assad's regime.
Information from my sources stating that more good news to come in the near future for the Free Syrian Army, which might be about the removal of the Assad regime from existence, despite the Russian, Iranian and Chinese support.